Mental Health Research

Out in the open on mental health [Editorial]

Out in the open on mental health [Editorial]

One of the most pressing needs in Harford County, as with the overwhelming majority of communities nationwide, is for behavioral health programs and facilities.

Last week, Lyle Sheldon, chief executive of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, Harford County’s largest health care services provider, said his organization is working with Harford County officials to develop a “public-private partnership” to handle pressing behavioral health needs.

That’s certainly welcome news, but it again raises a question that has gone unanswered since the forced deinstitutionalization of behavioral/mental health patients beginning in the 1980s: Whose responsibility is it to...